Press Coverage

From Snapchat to Tumblr—our young people are naturally conversant with technology and online environments. But comfort with technology isn't enough to be prepared or get recruited for a job in Northern California. It takes a high-quality education with expectations calibrated to market demands. To date, the deck has been stacked...
Reading, writing and arithmetic used to be the three basics of a solid education. But in this age, more kids are learning to code as well. Thousands of kids and teens are being taught coding skills at public schools and private academies across the Bay Area. “Coding is an essential,...
It turns out Prince wasn't just a prolific musician; he was also a devoted activist. New stories are emerging about his continued support of black activists. Shortly after the 57-year-old's unexpected death, Alicia Garza, one of the women who began the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag that later spawned a nationwide movement, wrote...
It began with an anonymous check about 10 years ago. Environmental and human rights activist Van Jones was working on George W. Bush's Green Jobs Act when he received a $50,000 donation and no name attached to it. "I promptly returned it," he recalls. "I'm not taking anonymous checks for...
Prince, at times, had a love-hate relationship with technology. While beloved musician Prince was inspiring fans through his creativity, it turns out he had a secret life as a clean energy philanthropist. According to Prince’s friend and longtime green advocate Van Jones, Prince was a major backer of Jones’s group Green...
Political activist and former Obama administration advisor Van Jones knew Prince well, working with The Purple One behind-the-scenes on actions that supported various social justice causes. A visibly emotional Jones detailed that activism to CNN's Don Lemon during an interview the night of Prince's passing.  "There are people who have solar panels on their houses right now in Oakland,...
As more people who knew Prince speak publicly about him, a larger, fuller image of the pop icon is coming into focus. One facet of Prince that few knew was that of an effective but severely secretive philanthropist. Van Jones, a political activist and one-time White House Special Advisor for...
One close friend of the music icon Prince is saying it's time to "quit talking just about the music" by letting the world know music is just one part of his legacy. Prince was also a secret humanitarian. "[Prince] did not want it to be known publicly, but I'm going to say it...
Back when political and environmental activist Van Jones was building a human rights organization in Oakland, he received a badly needed check for somewhere in the neighborhood of $50,000. It was from an anonymous donor and he worried it could be from the mob or something. So he mailed it back. The...
The personal became the professional this week as the sudden death at 57 Thursday of pop music icon Prince led news organizations to include the reminiscences of staff members who grew up listening to—or later reporting on—the superstar. That personal involvement was part of a flood of coverage that engulfed...